Fashion Image Institute provides enterprise training courses on aspects of fashion, professional image and personal style. Our e-learning courses suit the professional consultant in need of refined training, the back-to-work Mom in need of re-training, students wishing to pursue a new career or people in search of professional and personal enrichment. Online course time varies per user and you can study at your own pace on your own computer.
Due to the ever changing nature of the fashion consulting industry, we add certification courses as the market demands so check back often to review our latest courses.
See the list of commonly asked questions below for more detailed information about our courses and how to take them.
Not sure which course to take? Here is a very brief explanation of the career choices available to you:
Online courses offer students image training hours they need for association membership and education. At FII we provide these learners with eLearning courses for CEU credit (see more about CEU earning below). When students purchase a course they are sent links to a web portal where a course has been docked for them. Students choose a password and the webpage is theirs for the duration (12 weeks) of the course. Students have access to their website 24/7 so whenever they choose to study is up to them. One hour a day or one day a week, it is entirely up to the student. There is no average "time on the course" and study times vary off-line as students must read all manuals and learn the material since much of it appears again on the final exam.
Students can study on mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android if they have downloaded Flash to Mobile (free at Adobe.com)and can open both Word and PDF documents. Once on their mobile students can view the course and interact. Optionally students can print the course textbooks from a desk top.
The course contains audio, visual, video, quizzes, interactive exercises, and more PLUS all books and manuals (review the video on each course description to learn more) and all materials to be downloaded for reference while on the course. Because we are eco-conscious we designed the course to hold all materials. There are NO physical books, CD's, paperwork, etc. that are sent to you. Everything you need to complete this course is included on your webpage once you access it. There are no shipping charges for online courses. Final forms and certificates are all digitally delivered.
Students have up to 12 weeks to complete the course they purchase. This does not mean that it will take 12 weeks to finish. Since these courses are designed to train the consultant to begin working professionally and successfully we encourage a slow pace. While we do not recommend students go quickly through the course, there are some learners who can grasp the material and have managed to complete all the course requirements within one week:
- For a 1.0 CEU course = ten hours of recorded time on the course
- For a 2.0 CEU course = twenty hours of recorded time on the course
- For a 3.0 CEU course = thirty hours of recorded time on the course
- and so on.
Students who do NOT purchase CEU's and have no need to earn CEU's DO NOT HAVE A TIME CONSTRAINT and can complete the course as fast as they wish.
How are the courses developed?
AICI (Association of Image Consultants International) Continuing Education approval policies are rigorously followed during the development of all FII's online education programs. Courses are developed to meet the industry standards and guidelines and are designed to meet AICI's core competencies for image consultant study, CEU awarding and certification. All students who succesfully pass the course and are awarded CEU's will also receive their FII BADGE for use on their web-site and badge pack (see FII BADGE PROGRAM link below).
Additionally our courses are tested by certified instructors and submitted for board review with FII's
stringent testing panels. These panels meet every six months to review each course, testing the learner
outcomes stated in the original training planner.
Learning Management Course Design Standards for e-learning are used in the creation of all courses. This process is a 12 to 18 month endeavor. Graphic artists, eLearning developers, video producers and photographers are hired to organize and create the elements for the course. Image editors are recruited to create course imagery. Web administrators are enlisted to publish and monitor student activity.
CERTIFICATION, ILU's AND CEU's:
How are the courses offered?
e-Course / On-line /Awarding Certification - all courses offer professional certification.
All students are awarded ILU's (International Learning Units) upon course completion at no additional charge. One course = 1 ILU.
e-Course / On-line /CEU - Continuing Education Unit + Certification CEU's are offered to students who need education credits to maintain their certification status with the Association of Image Consultants. CEU's can be added to your order by clicking "Add CEU's"
What is an ILU?
In Person – make arrangements to study at Fashion Image Institute Studio in San Francisco and get a hands-on group experience. If you want to attend courses in person please contact us at 1 (415)230-0015. Click this link "Campus Courses" to learn more about our Master Class series taught at our campus in San Francisco.
An International Learning Unit is a unit applied to successful completion of a lifelong learning course. Students on the course must meet learning outcomes. An ILU is not a time based measurement. All our online courses are competency based; learners must achieve built in outcomes and pass all quizzes with an 80% pass rate. We are an approved ILU awarding institution, a certifying institute and a professional member of LERN. Instructors are also certified in online instruction.
Do these courses offer Continuing Education Units (CEU's)?
Yes, and all courses offered are in line with AICI's (The Association of Image Consultants) core competencies for image consultant study. All our courses are approved for earning CEU's if a student needs them (purchase "Add CEU's"). Students will be required to complete all assignments, quizzes, essays, achieve learning outcomes and pass a final exam in order to earn their CEU's.
All on-line courses offer Professional Certification from Fashion Image Institute and are considered Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment Courses for Adults
We are a proud member of I.A.C.E.T. and uphold the code of ethics for universal educational development. We are an approved ILU awarding institution.
Are the courses tailored to geographic nuances, for example, I live in Mumbai and our culture is different from the U.S. Will this training provide me with tools to consult in my part of the world?
A great question! We do get this one quite often since the nature of online learning is global in scope. Our answer is simple - the courses provide the consulant with universal knowledge about women, shape, fit, color and personality. We provide you with the tools for consulting with clients and you can customize your business your way upon graduation.
By its nature fashion consulting is about giving advice to men and women about their appearance, behaviour and communication skills. We show you how to do this in ten simple steps. Throughout the course you learn to apply these steps to the client experience. The beauty about fashion consulting is that it can cross borders, in fact, most "western" techniques are highly sought after in non-Western countries.
We do stick to basic training so as not to confuse the student and all our courses are conducted in English. Our professional instructors are trained to speak with an intonation and pace that can be easily understood by non-English speakers.
Will this course help me certify for the AICI FLC exam?
Yes. Here's why -
We get this question a LOT and we recognize that students want a fast entry to First Level Certification (FLC) with AICI. We are an AICI certified educational provider. Our courses are designed around the core competencies of image consulting. You can find the list of core competencies in the FLC (First Level Certification) Exam Study Guide on AICI's website. We do not know what is in the FLC exam and, in fact, if you need to know what to study you can access this information at that site.
Both our online and campus CEU courses prepare you to be a knowledgeable, professional, certified image consultant and our courses (including all study manuals) cover every aspect of image consulting and more; how to do an image consultation, how to market your business, how to thrive in this industry, the ABC's of Image Consulting, Fashion History,(please check out the video at the bottom of the page listing to see all modules of image training involved)and more. We are confident that when you certify with us you will be prepared for your FLC - but you still need to do some work:
Once you have certification with us you are ready to start your business, get clients and testimonials. That's step one. You will need to do this to start the FLC certification process. We can prepare you for the FLC exam by providing core competency information but again, neither we, nor any other image training company out there, knows what is on the exam. The CEU (Continuing Education Unit) you achieve by taking our courses can be applied to your FLC application (step two) and does count toward your certification with AICI (we are an AICI certified educational provider.) If you are NOT purchasing CEU's your training hours while on this course can still be applied to your FLC application since we are an official AICI trainer. For example: the FLC application asks you to list your training hours with courses in image, fashion or style. You would list our courses and the hours for each course you mastered: (image consultant course = 10 hours, fashion stylist course = 10 hours) etc.
Hope this information helps you - I know it is not an easy process. That is why AICI is the gold standard in the industry for certification. I have personally been through the first two levels of AICI certification and everything I have learned I now teach to my students in the hope that they too can become image professionals!
Are classes available online for groups?
Yes, classes are scheduled in advance and you can choose to teleconference with a group, participating with comments, questions and feedback. Contact us to make e-conferencing arrangements.
Do you have language support?
Not at this time. All courses are written and conducted in English. However, many of our foreign students have made good use of Google Translate.
Can I take your courses in person?
Yes, you are welcome to take courses at our San Francisco studio. Accommodations are your responsibility. We can provide you with hotel information. Our San Francisco location is on Union Square. Please call (415)230-0015 for more information or visit our online course schedule at the Campus Website
Can I contact an instructor if I need help?
Yes, you can contact us via Skype, telephone, email or mail. Please note that our normal business hours are Monday to Friday from 9am PST to 5pm PST. If you need help outside of office hours you can leave us a message or text to (415)230-0015 and we will respond in a timely manner.
If I sign up for an on-line course how long do I have to complete it?
You have 12 weeks(3 months) from the day of enrollment (purchase). This is more than enough time to complete all course work, in fact, some students can complete the course within one week. However, we don't want you to rush through but do encourage you to get certified in your chosen field promptly so you can start earning a return on your educational investment.
How do I test once I am finished with the course?
All final exams are included in the course. A passing score of 85% is needed for professional certification.
Are there any refunds for course purchases? What if I don't like the material?
No. Because the materials are downloadable they cannot be returned. However, we can guarantee that you will enjoy the courses and will benefit from the learning experience. Students from around the world have successfully completed both our online studies and certification courses. Our goal is to certify professional consultants the world over so it is in our interest to see that you pass this course and start your business. We have many global students who are putting into practice what they have learned via our e-courses. See "Testimonials" for student feedback.
I am an educator/ institution/ trainer and would like to offer your course in our school/ institution/ academy. Do you collaborate with other educators?
If I need to review my courses with you via the internet what are my options?
Customer care specialists are available at (415)230-0015 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Instructors are available via email. Due to the amount of emails we receive daily we might not get back to you immediately but we will respond to your requests within 24 hours. You can contact us via Skype at user name: gillianarmour online and if you have a web-cam we can review any part of the course with you. Please note that our normal business hours are Monday to Friday from 9am PST to 5pm PST. If you need help outside of office hours you can leave us a message or text to (415)230-0015 and we will respond in a timely manner.
We offer blended learning instruction (our instructors offer group training with computer assistance for online courses on your campus) for qualified institutions only. We do not sell our courses directly to institutions. The nature of our certifications and the awarding of Continuing Education Units is possible only through Fashion Image Institute. If you are an educator interested in adding our courses to your curriculum please contact our support team at (415) 230-0015 or email us.
Does Fashion Image Institute offer financial assistance, scholarships or payment plans to qualified students?
Yes. With Fashion Image Institute's account via Paypal and "Bill Me Later" payment plans, you provide your name and an identifying number. If approved for financing your order is filled immediately. Your payments are then arranged via Paypal (restrictions and terms apply. Click below for info).